A few weeks ago, I painted during worship at a prayer summit held at a local church. I’ve talked before about my process and 2 years ago, I painted at the same summit. But, in a nutshell, I show up with blank boards, paints, brushes and all that I hope I’ll need to create a painting. I have no idea what I’m going to do, I just jump in and go. So, I showed up Friday afternoon with several blank boards, and set up.
I painted several times throughout the weekend, alternating between the pieces to allow them to dry. Here’s a shot of the pieces in progress – I think after the first session.
I don’t often hear a lot while I’m painting as to the meaning of the piece. But these, had a definite feel to them from the very beginning. You can see the final piece in two of them, but not the red one. That one changed the most from the beginning to the end. But the consistent thought was that of ancient walls.
Spring has come. New fruitfulness is upon you. The time of the pressing of last season’s harvest is over. The vines have set their leaves for the next season supported well on the ancient walls. The old is a sturdy foundation for the new. The vinedresser has done his work well. Harvest may come at unexpected places and times.
While working on this piece, I was reminded that there is a time to pray fervently and there is also a time to rest and know that the Lord has heard every prayer. Revelations speaks of bowls in heaven that hold the prayers of the saints. Not one had been forgotten or lost. Even if the answer didn’t come when or as expected, the prayers still accomplished something. It’s a good reminder to me to pray in faith, pray knowing that God hears every word.
Leave all your concerns and all the weights that you are carrying and enter into the rest in the glory. All the prayers you’ve prayed have been kept in the bowls. Not one has been forgotten. Leave them there. Don’t worry about them. But trust and rest. It’s closer than you think.
I’ve never painted water lilies before… I looked up the meaning of them, otherwise known as the lotus: symbolic of rebirth and a symbol of all that is true, good and beautiful. Represents good fortune, peace and enlightenment. Spiritual awakening. As the lotus flower grows up from the mud into an object of great beauty, people also grow and change into something more beautiful. Coming through a difficult time and overcoming.
Rest. A time of refreshing is at hand. The winds of change are blowing the dirt and chaff of the last season off. You have persevered and the rest of the Lord is your reward. The depths are peaceful.
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